The Australian Government has appointed a new Chair of the independent Infrastructure Australia Board, following the retirement of Mark Birrell.

Infrastructure Australia CEO, Philip Davies, welcomed the appointment of Julieanne Alroe, who brings extensive experience from the aviation sector to her new role as Chair.

Ms Alroe is a highly qualified executive who has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial airport management and operations, infrastructure management, strategic planning and corporate affairs.

Ms Alroe was a member of the Infrastructure Australia Board prior to her appointment as the new Chair, and is currently the CEO and Managing Director at Brisbane Airport Corporation.

In addition, Ms Alroe has held board positions with Tourism and Events Queensland, and is President of the Queensland Futures Institute.

Her previous board appointments include the position of chair of Airports Coordination Australia and the Airports Council International Safety and Technical Standing Committee. She was also a Board member of The Queensland Theatre Company, Australia Trade Coast, and the International Grammar School Sydney.

Ms Alroe said that she was honoured to be appointed as the new Chair of Infrastructure Australia’s Board. Julieanne Alroe replaces Mark Birrell who joined the Infrastructure Australia Council at its inception in 2008 and was appointed Chairman of the Infrastructure Australia Board in May 2014.

“I want to thank Mark for his dedication and incredible service to Infrastructure Australia over the last nine years,” Ms Alroe said.

“Under Mark’s stewardship, Infrastructure Australia has become a trusted advisor to governments, industry and business leaders around the country, with a strong policy voice and widely recognised mandate to lead reform.

“Mark played a crucial role in leading the development of Infrastructure Australia’s first Audit and Plan which have established a platform for our ongoing policy and reform agenda.

“I look forward to continuing this important work, advocating for nationally significant infrastructure investment and reform.”

Ms Alroe will begin her new role in September 2017.

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